The making of the band Limericks has been an interesting journey that took off a decade ago in October of 2007. Ken met up with fresh-from-Madagascar Fafa and over the coming years, they went on to perfect their sound with the inclusion of Danz on bass, Richie the drummer and finally with Brian coming in from Uganda to tie in the whole band together. Nicknamed ‘The United Nations of Jazz Bands’, Limericks combines Blues, Vintage-Soul, Gospel and Jazz with African rhythms and tonality to create innovative play and melodies that are thrillingly dense yet exceptionally fluid in their understanding of those genres to come up with their own form of Afro-Soul.
Ken is a classically trained, ABRSM certified pianist who’s not shied away from exploring a number of different genres as seen in his approach to the Keys. A perfectly capable pianist, Ken offers that groovy feel with genius undertones that amalgamates the whole ensemble into a rich fusion of Jazz, Blues, Vintage Soul, Afro-Fusion and RnB music with incredible sparkle! Ken has furthermore played all over East Africa and been involved with experiential marketing for a number of firms.
Brian Mugenyi, aka Buula,
Buula, is a virtuoso East African saxophone player, composer, singer and songwriter. Born in Uganda, living in Nairobi he has travelled across borders sharing his God given abilities on platforms of diverse magnitudes. Having shared the stage with Salif Keita at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), performed alongside Richard Bona at the Safaricom International Jazz Festival at Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi (2014), Phil Denny during Jazz Under The Stars (2013), at Red Monkey Jambiani with Blitz Ambassador (2015), at Ronnie Scott’s in England, and a winter season music and cultural exchange programme in Los Angeles CA.
Radanz Nirina is a talented and self-taught Malagasy bass player who has been part of the East African world of music for about 8 years now. Prior to that, he has accompanied a number of famous national and international artists in Madagascar and is particularly renowned for musical arrangement, bringing a special touch on several artists’ albums in the country. In 2015, Radanz released his first solo album entitled ‘Afro-gasy’ which is a fusion of jazz and traditional genres. Never one to restrict himself, Danz plays all kinds of music thus leading to him having participated in International, World and Jazz Festivals such as Womex Festival (Germany), Paléo Festival (Switzerland), Festival des Musiques Métisses (France), Jazz à Nancy (France), La Fête Jazz (Seychelles), and Madajazzcar International Jazz festival, amongst others. More to this, he is also a recent Berklee Summer Performance Program alumni.
Rabodonavalona Lalanirina, easier nicknamed ‘Fafa’ is also a Madagascan born jazz singer who has vocal prowess in a myriad of musical forms as well as having mastered singing in five different languages (English, Swahili, French, Portuguese & Malagasy). Due in no small part to her vocal quality, with lucid intonation and a broad range, she has garnered a world of experience from her music tours of Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, La Reunion, and Mauritius. She dropped her debut album in 2010.
Richie Rich is a Kenyan avant-garde drummer, who has become a regular feature in international circuits from The Smithsonian to Ted Talks and a host of concerts around the US, Canada, Europe and all over Africa. Richie has the uncanny ability to completely alter the character of a song with his unquestionable dexterity and skill.